Boone County Purdue Extension, 1300 East 100 South, Lebanon, IN 46052 765-482-0750


Date for the next Gardenfest – April 1, 2023.

Each year the Purdue Master Gardeners – Boone County hold a Gardenfest in early April. The event is at the Boone County Fairgrounds, and runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is the perfect opportunity to get excited about your gardening projects for the coming year.

This is a free event and features vendor booths, door prizes, a garden café, soil pH testing, kids’ activities and Q&A opportunities. Three garden experts speak on topics of interest.

We look forward to offering this event in 2023.

Here’s a sample flyer from the 2022 Gardenfest .

2022 Gardenfest Flyer

Our Featured Speakers at Gardenfest 2022

John Thieme – Where are All the Butterflies? at 10am

John Thieme

John received his entomology degree from Purdue University and worked in their entomology department for two years after graduation doing field research studies.  He later joined a large pharmaceutical and chemical company as an entomologist working in various roles within their field development, technical services, and sales groups for 31 years until he retired.  Ultimately, he worked within their agricultural, horticultural, and public health and structural pest control divisions.  Over the years he had responsibilities in the central valley of California, the Midwest, and in some New England states.  John has been fascinated with butterflies for over sixty years and has never lost his desire to learn more about them.  In his talk, “Where are All the Butterflies?”, John will share many interesting things about them and how to attract more of these beautiful pollinators to our gardens.  He will focus especially on what is happening to them and what we can all do to help them in the future.

Myrene Brown – Garden Surprises 2022 at 11:30am

Trudy Struck and Teresa Downham – Creating and Maintaining the Hamilton County Master Garden Association Rose Garden at 1:30PM

L to R: Trudy Struck, Carolyn Lloyd and Teresa Downham

Trudy Struck has been a Master Gardener since 2004 involved in many of the various committees. She is currently a co-chair of The Rose Garden Committee helping to keep it healthy and beautiful. She is a member of the American Rose Society and the President of the Indianapolis Rose Society. Trudy has been retired for 6 years from a regional accounting firm. She enjoys traveling with her husband and playing with her 5 grandchildren, ages 4 months to 7 years. She also raises roses in her home garden along with many other types of perennials.  

Teresa Downham has been a Hamilton County Master Gardner since 2015 and has been co-curator of the Hamilton County Rose Garden since the fall of 2016.  She is also a member the American Rose Society and Vice President of the Indianapolis Rose Society.  She has lived in Fishers since 1998 and previous to that lived in New Jersey and Ohio.  When not at work as a controller for Crystal Catering, she spends her time puttering around in her home garden and likes to grow a wide variety of plants:  vegetable, roses, hostas, succulents, native flowers and anything else that catches her eye!

Some views of the Hamilton County Master Gardener Association Rose Garden

Enjoy these photos from Gardenfest 2022.

Young gardeners decorating their pansy pots at the Pansy Patch
A happy couple with their tree seedlings
A vendor display of plants – Davidson’s
Explaining how to tame wet areas with Rainscaping
Good eats!
Amelia ready to answer your Gardening questions
Lots of information at the Master Gardener education table
Anyone need mulch?
The Potting Shed where you can find gently used garden tools, books and magazines and unique garden whimsies.
Lots of interesting house plants.
Who can resist going home without a jar of jam?
Our own harvested and packaged Native Plant seeds with information about winter sowing
While you wait, we can determine the pH level of your soil sample and discuss how to improve your soil for what you are growing
Junior Master Gardeners program- you should see what they learn to grow!
Whimsy Garden Nursery – a local business
Jones Greenhouse – over 90 years of growing outstanding plants!!!
Unique items to decorate your garden
The Pansy Patch ladies . Kids come decorate your pot and fill with pansies.